After Hours

with Jody Glynn Patrick

May 2012

The hiring process: A time to talk and a time to, well, shut up

05/29/12

The hiring process: A time to talk and a time to, well, shut up

As the employment market starts to shake out in the near future – which it should given even the slightest perception that there might be opportunities again for people to change jobs – what will happen? Our roundtable panel on employment (featured in our upcoming June issue) discussed the job shuffle that we all anticipate.

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“Best Place to Work” – and the managers who create that culture

05/22/12

“Best Place to Work” – and the managers who create that culture

HR departments warn managers that we have no right (and in fact, are prohibited) from knowing or caring about employees’ personal lives beyond the workplace. This is intended to protect employees from supervisors who loathe people who smoke or have a couple beers after work, or who would look down on people having some financial difficulties, or disapprove of those who drive too fast on occasion. Or who would never hire a felon returning to the community after doing time. But there are unintended consequences, too, like giving less scrupulous managers a green light not to care AT ALL about people outside the workplace.

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Accountability Check In: Makeover Meals<br>
  How is the “Most Improved Executive” contestant faring? Not bad.

05/15/12

Accountability Check In: Makeover Meals
How is the “Most Improved Executive” contestant faring? Not bad.

I went to the grocery store at noon yesterday to buy a small roasted chicken, an onion, a can of refried beans, and some fresh strawberries and blueberries. Then I went home, sauteed chopped onion in a little bit of olive oil, added half a cup of refried beans, and – when it was nice and hot – put my side dish on a smallish dinner plate alongside fresh berries and four ounces of chicken. I next opened a fresh bottle of refrigerated water and added some cut lemon slices. What a great meal! Certainly I didn’t feel like I “gave up” something better from McDonald’s to “have to eat right” on my diet.

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Adaptation: The hardest lesson of all

05/08/12

Adaptation: The hardest lesson of all

Patrick is the oldest of four grandchildren, and while he is an only child in his family, he is not my only grandson – as he would be if granted his often-stated wish. “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride,” I have reminded him. His frown deepens as he mulls over the meaning: His challenge this coming year is learning to share Nana’s time. He’s just turned 11 and it’s time to add this skill to his growing repertoire.

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To infinity and beyond: A discussion of existence after death

05/01/12

To infinity and beyond: A discussion of existence after death

Last week, I attended Promega’s Bioethics Conference, two packed days of lectures. The topic was the ancient (yet unexplored) frontier that exists in another dimension where “time” and “space” do not apply. The topic was death and dying. Promega founder Bill Linton assembled the most respected researchers and scientists from the world over, including Dr. Raymond Moody, who originally coined the term “near death experience,” for a discussion of NDEs and the scientific study of this phenomenon. Real? Or defensive reaction to the terror of death by an advanced human brain?

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IB Publisher Emeritus Jody Glynn Patrick blends work and life in this very clear departure from her other writing for In Business magazine. Awarded national recognition for both her previous work as a newspaper columnist and her journalistic leadership at IB, she brings us all back "Closer to Home" with her insights and remembrances. A nice place to be "After Hours." Check back often!

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